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Man Freed After Foot Trapped in Conveyor Belt

A 31-year-old man suffered injuries this afternoon when his foot became trapped in a conveyor belt in Falls Church.

A 31-year-old man suffered injuries this afternoon when his foot became trapped in a conveyor belt in Falls Church.

According to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department spokesman Dan Schmidt, the incident occurred at 2931 Mayberry St. in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County. Mulch Solutions, a company that provides lawn services, is located at that address.

“Right now we’re working with OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] and Fairfax County to see what happened there,” a Mulch Solutions employee told the News-Press.

“The conveyor belt was moving gravel from point A to point B, and somehow the worker’s leg and foot became entangled in the conveyor belt,” Schmidt said.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and paramedics responded.

“Paramedics were on the scene and treated him,” Schmidt said. “[They] kept him from going into shock and provided him medication for the pain.”

He added that it took about an hour and a half for the man to be freed from the conveyor belt.

“The Technical Rescue Team went in there and did what they needed to do,” Schmidt said. “Obviously, we were trying not to have him incur any additional damage to his foot.”

The man was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital.

“He was alert and conscious during the extrication and during the transport,” Schmidt said. “It was a non life-threatening injury.”

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